Baseball: Fox Chapel grad a part of College World Series lore

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Joe Bendel profiles former Fox Chapel baseball standout Brad Wilson, who helped LSU win the College World Series in 1996.

"Before he became linked to one of the great moments in College World Series history, Brad Wilson came inches from being a scapegoat.

His leadoff double for LSU in the bottom of the ninth inning against Miami set the stage for a pulsating, two-out, walk-off homer by future Pirates second baseman Warren Morris.

But that indelible moment from 20 years ago might never have occurred if Wilson, a Fox Chapel native, had been thrown out at second while legging out his double down the left-field line. Wilson over-slid the bag and nearly got tagged out.

"I joke with my wife that if I was called out there, we wouldn't be living in Baton Rouge today; we'd be living in Pittsburgh," Wilson said, laughing."



Alumni Update - Olivia Villani (Penn State)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Olivia Villani is set to join the Penn State women's hockey program this fall, head coach Josh Brandwene announced on Monday, June 13. Villani, along with seven other incoming Nittany Lion student-athletes will be on campus for the 2016-17 season.

Villani, a defenseman from Fox Chapel High School played club hockey for the Pittsburgh Pens Elite program from 2012-15 and she most-recently played with the East Coast Wizards in the New England Women's Junior Hockey League (NEWHJL) in 2015-16.

During her lone season with the Wizards, Villani was named the team captain and scored 14 points (5g, 9a) in 29 games played, which was sixth-best on the team. She was also named the NEWHJL defenseman star for the month of October 2015 as she tallied five points over a seven-game stretch.

Villani is the daughter of Kim and Rick and she has two brothers, Rick and Chase, and one sister, Brooke. Villani plans to major in advertising/public relations at Penn State.



Alumni Update - Adam Bisnowaty (Pittsburgh)

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PITTSBURGH —The 2016 Pitt football team will boast three of the nation’s finest players at their respective positionsBisnowaty Pitt according to Athlon Sports.

Senior offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty, senior defensive end Ejuan Price and sophomore safety Jordan Whitehead were named preseason All-Americans in the recently released Athlon Sports College Football Preview.

Bisnowaty, a Fox Chapelgraduate, was named a second team All-American. He has been a fixture on Pitt’s offensive line, making 30 starts and paving the way for two 1,000-yard rushers during his career. Bisnowaty was an All-ACC performer last year and enters his final campaign as a leading candidate for the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, presented to the league’s top offensive lineman.


(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)


Boys Tennis: Fox Chapel standouts outsted from PIAA tournament by Eastern Pa. star

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Heading into Saturday's semifinals at Hershey Racquet Club there was potential for an all-Fox Chapel PIAA Class AAA singles final between senior Siddharth Rajupet and freshman Robby Shymansky.

Instead, both got a taste for just how good Downingtown East junior Michael Dickson really is.

Dickson, the No. 4 junior in the state, slipped past Rajupet, 7-5, 6-3, in the semifinals and knocked off Shymansky, the No. 1 freshman, 6-4, 6-3, in the championship match.

Despite the loss, Shymansky became the first freshman to appear in a Class AAA state singles final since Cliff Nguyen of North Penn won the first of his three titles in 1997. Rajupet also improved on last year's fourth-place finish with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 win against Matt Chen of Lower Merion in the consolation match.


Boys Tennis: Difficult paths await Fox Chapel stars

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Siddharth Rajupet and Robby Shymansky play against each other almost every day in practice, but if the two take the court against each other again this season, it will likely be with a PIAA Class AAA singles title on the line.

Shymansky and Rajupet, the No. 1 and No. 2 singles players at Fox Chapel, were also the second and third-place finishers, respectively, in the WPIAL tournament. When the state tournament opens on Friday, they will be on opposite sides of the bracket with an outside chance of meeting each other in the state finals.

Their path won't be easy.

Rajupet, a Case Western recruit and No. 4 senior in the state, will open with Sahas Chandragiri, the District 2 champion and will then likely face Andrew Tran of Wissahickon, the No. 4 freshman in the state, who lost to Shymansky, 6-0, 6-4, in the PIAA team tournament last weekend. To make the final, though, he'll have to get past last year's runner-up, Michael Dickson of Downingtown East, the No. 3 junior in the state.